Message for December 2021
From Your Vernon Township High School Administrative Team
Welcome to December!
We continue to encourage all of our students to become active participants in school so they will develop a sense of belonging while attending Vernon Township High School. A list of extracurricular activities is available on the district website. Please be sure to encourage your children to get involved in their school!
As we look ahead to the middle of the school year, please mark your calendars for VTHS Midterms, which will be scheduled for the week of January 31, 2022.
Wishing you all the best as we continue working together for the 2021-2022 school year,
Pauline F. Anderson, Danielle Colte, and Nicholas M. Demsak
Action for Happiness Calendars...
This month, they're encouraging you to carry out small acts of kindness. This has been another difficult year of uncertainty and ups and downs for many of us. Kindness is contagious, and helping others has been proven to make us feel better too! Let's try to focus on being generous with our time and attention rather than money - it's free and better for everyone, as well as our planet!
Do Good December
Some December Dates to Remember:
Wed., December 1...................SCCC - during Unit Lunch - McGuire Technical Educ. Programs
Thurs., December 2.................SCCC - during Unit Lunch - Health Science Programs
..................................................Juniors & Seniors Movie Night - 6:00 pm - Auditorium
Fri., December 3......................VTSD TECH AWARENESS DAY
..................................................SCCC - during Unit Lunch - The NEW Culinary Institute
Sat., Dec. 4 & Sun., Dec. 5.......WELLNESS WEEKEND - Time to enjoy your family and friends!
Tues., December 7..................Band & Orchestra Concert 7:30 pm Auditorium
Wed., December 8..................Computer Science Stem Night 5:15 pm - 8:00 pm
Thurs., December 9...............BOE Work Session 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Lounsberry Hollow
Fri., December 10...................Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm Cafeteria
Sat., December 11.................VTHS Girls Athletics hosts A Day of Holiday Fun -12:30- 4pm
Wed., December 15...............Choir Concert 7:00 pm Auditorium
Thurs., December 16..............SCA Zoom Meeting 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Monday, December 20 through Thursday, December 23 -- VTHS Spirit Week!
Thurs., December 23..............Early Dismissal- Winter Pep Rally
Fri., December 24....................District Closed/Winter Recess
Mon., December 27 ................District Closed/Winter Recess
Tues., December 28-30.......... School Closed/Winter Recess
Fri., December 31....................District Closed/New Year's Eve
Mon. January 3.......................School Reopens
Get in the Holiday Spirit during the 2021 VTHS Spirit Week - sponsored by the Mrs. Riegler and the Student Council!
Monday, December 20th.....wear Holiday Pajamas or Onesies
Tuesday, December 21st.....wear Winter Gear
Wednesday, December 22nd.....wear your Ugly Sweater
Thursday, December 23rd.....wear your Pep Rally shirt* or Frosty the Snowman clothing!
*these will be on sale shortly!
SCCC will be coming to VTHS during Unit Lunch November 29th, December 1st, December 2nd and December 3rd. Be sure to stop by Room 212 for further information about these offereings and programs for SCCC incoming students.
TECH AWARENESS DAY (DEC. 3RD) AND WELLNESS WEEKEND (DEC. 4TH & DEC. 5TH)
Take a few minutes to review this wonderful video to explain these upcoming events! Enjoy!
On Wednesday, December 8th from 5:30 - 7:30 VTHS Robotics Team is hosting an interactive family STEM Night in celebration of Computer Science Education Week. All ages are welcome!
The VTHS Girls Athletic Teams are organizing a Day of Holiday Fun featuring Santa and "Elf"! Be sure to join us for crafts, music, games, food, visits with Santa, and a viewing of "Elf"! Come out and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon!
Behind the Scenes at VTHS
VTHS Students Represent at All Sussex County Choir!
VTHS Choir Updates
- Eight VTHS Choir students recently performed a concert with the Sussex County High School Honor Choir at Kittatinny Regional HS. This choir featured some of the top singers from each of the Sussex County high schools. The students rehearsed for the concert in just 4 combined rehearsals - and they sounded great! Participating students were Aalyiah Gallagher, Megan Hertlein, Sky Port, Hope Rivera, Kelsie Shinall, Dylan Tomza, Brianna Van Orden, and Kailey Vogel.
- The VTHS Choirs are working hard in preparing for their Winter Concert on December 15 at 7 pm in the VTHS Auditorium. Admission is free. Come out to hear some festive holiday music and to support these students in their first indoor concert in two years!
On Sunday, November 14th, the VTHS Green Team hosted a Pumpkin Smash to help residents "green" their Halloween! The event was a sustainable and enjoyable way to celebrate the season. Thank you, Mrs. Brown and the Green Team and Mr. Demsak and CFM!
ENGINEERING COMPETITIONS' RESULTS!
1. TSA/TCNJ Leadership Conference Design Challenge 1st Place in the state.
Plan, design, and create a transportation device that will successfully deliver three different types of candy into a one-gallon container six feet away. You will have a maximum of 2 minutes to deliver two pieces of each kind of candy. Judges will be using a stopwatch to time your
testing. The faster you finish, the better.
2. TCNJ Jr/Sr Design Challenge- 4th in the state.
The premise of the competition:
Your group is tasked to design a prototype and the interior plans for a mobile integrative STEM truck that could deliver the mobile learning space to a school parking lot. The final deliverable must include a 3D model of the truck as well as drawings of the interior layout. Each truck prototype should have a particular theme related to the STEM fields. Your group should also design “a menu board” that is displayed outside of the truck with the activities of the day.
This was the presention from VTHS to this year's TCNJ 2021 Design Challenge. They had 3 days to design a STEM vihicle in order to bring STEM education to schools throughout New Jersey. The students researched, buildt and prototype in just 3 days!
Congratulations to Mr. Jon Bruno and our talented engineering students! We are proud of all of you!
STRESSED SPELLED BACKWARDS IS DESSERTS!
Mrs. Ryder's Culinary III and Skills USA & Mrs. Jalbert's Culinary II Students Create Delicious Pies for Many to Enjoy!
Thank you, one and all! The pies were delicious and greatly enjoyed during VTHS Thanksgiving dinners!
Jets Tackle Bullying
To date the Jets have hosted 5 educator symposiums with over 1,000 educators participating, conducted 25 school visits reaching over 10,000 students directly since 2015 and donated over 1,750 STOMP Out Bullying educator toolkits to schools with the potential to impact nearly 800,000 students. Additionally, the Jets have provided more than 27,000 tickets to schools for incentives for students who are upstanders.
For November, Caylee Walker is the Upstander of the Month for VTHS; Caylee was nominated by Mrs. Laura Merck. Congratulations, Caylee!
Stay tuned for VTHS's December Upstander of the Month!
Photos from the VTHS Media Center - November 2021
Fall Viking Club Award Recipients
Left to right:
Lexi Moskovitz (Volleyball), Emily Walker (Soccer), Pam DeMattheis (XC), Dylan Mann (Soccer),
Jeremiah Carfello (Football), Kaylee Losco (Cheer), Cristian Vintimilla (XC) and Julia Gregory (Field Hockey).
Not Pictured - Brianna Van Orden (Tennis)
Congratulations, one and all!
Third Annual VTHS Baseball Fall Clean Up Service Project!
Forty players were able to clean up ten yards for families through Vernon. Players from the middle school age teams helped out at two of the houses, which allowed Mr. Hardin to talk to the team about his coaching days. Mrs. Gebhardt came to help out at her parents house and their neighbors. The Myren children came to help out too!
We are very proud of these players and what they were able to do for our community. Please enjoy some pictures from these clean-up events!
Please click on this link to enjoy the photos from these inspiring events!
Congratulations to our VTHS Cheerleaders!
Congratulations to our Competition Cheer Team on taking the Grand Championship at West Milford last month and being honored with the Spirit Award in honor of Jo Anne Poppy!
OTHER INFORMATION TO SHARE WITH YOU!
Students may pre-order lunch before 9:00 am to be picked up and enjoyed during Unit Lunch.
Please use this link to view the VTHS Student/Parent/Guardian Handbook throughout the school year.
STUDENT DRIVERS' PARKING PASS INFORMATION FOR GRADES 11 & 12
All eligible juniors and seniors will be permitted to park on campus if they complete and/or provide all of the necessary Parking Registration materials listed below, including Random Drug Screening and attendance at a Share the Keys presentation. At this time, we do not have any additional Share the Keys presentations scheduled.
All vehicles parking on campus should be registered at this time. All students must complete and submit the necessary paperwork in order to receive a parking pass for the 2021-2022 school year.
Each eligible driver must present the following information in order to obtain a parking decal to be permitted to park on campus:
- A completed PARKING REGISTRATION form (see below)
- A COPY of a valid DRIVER'S LICENSE
- A COPY of the CURRENT REGISTRATION for the car
- A COPY of the CURRENT INSURANCE CARD
- A signed copy of the RANDOM DRUG TEST form (see below)
- Proof of participation in the SHARE THE KEYS' Program
If your child would prefer to pick up hard copies of the Parking Registration and Random Drug Test Form, please have them stop by the main office.
Student drivers should gather all information and return the completed forms to the main office. Mrs. Linda Hopper will be there to answer all questions and assist our student drivers!
Help the VTHS Class of 2022 by Purchasing VTHS Spiritwear!
NJ STATE YOUTH RESOURCES
The approaching holiday season can be a stressful time of year. These resources from Good Grief may be helpful to you, your loved ones, or your friends. Please feel free to share them.
Visit this NJM Insurance Group website and check out the Just Drive PSA contest. NJ high school students could win a $15,000 first place, a $10,000 second place, or a $5,000 third place prizes!
ESCA and SCA News
President - Dianne Falcone
Vice President - Keren Gonen
Treasurer - Joanne Jarosz-Quaranta
Recording Secretary - Dayna Germinario
Corresponding Secretary - currently open*
*If you are interested in serving in this capacity on this 2021-2022 board, please contact Ms. Falcone at email@example.com.
We look forward to another successful year as we work with our SCA board members!
The VTHS SCA will be meeting via Zoom for the remainder of the school year. Please contact Dianne Falcone if you are interested in receiving the link.
This website contains the most up-to-date information from our Executive SCA. Be sure to visit their website frequently throughout the school year!